“The more you love your art/calling/enterprise, the more important its accomplishment is to the evolution of your soul, the more you will fear it and the more Resistance you will experience facing it. The payoff of playing-the-game-for-money is not the money (which you may never see anyway, even after you turn pro). The payoff of playing the game for money produces the proper professional attitude. It inculcates the lunch-pail mentality, the hard-core, hard-head, hard-hat state of mind that shows up for work despite rain or snow or dark of night and slugs it out day after day.”
The professional loves the game.
But not too much. They have humility.
I love the idea of using the money to keep me at the right mentality.
Keep the balance of love and identification with my art in perfect harmony with professional hard work and humbleness.
Keep it blue collar.
I used to hate taking money for my art because I felt that it sullied my creative passion.
Because of this I also over-identified with my work.
I never had the courage to put it out there in the real world and accept criticism.
What kind of attitude do you have about your art practice?
Do you only do it for the money?
Or are you on the other side of the spectrum?
Remember, you may never see the money if you put your work out there to sell.
It’s the action putting you work out there that counts.